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All the information required to start shooting PRS in the UK

Precision Rifle Information

At a precision rifle match day…

What to expect, what to bring and all the information you need to make the most of the experience!

What is precision rifle?

Precision Rifle Shooting (PRS) is an American long-range and precision rifle-based shooting sport derived from practical shooting. The competition seeks to find a balance between speed and precision, and targets can both have known (KD) and unknown distances (UKD). Shooting distances can vary from between 10 and 1,200 meters or yards, and thus the competitor needs to have good knowledge of their firearms ballistics. The primary focus is on long range shooting, and a competition usually consists of several courses of fire. Each course usually has a set maximum time (par time), and the shooter is awarded points according to how many targets they manage to hit during that time. Targets presented are usually relatively small and made of steel to simplify scoring. In the PRS-series for instance, usually between 0.3–0.9 mrad (30–90 mm at 100 m, or approximately 1–3 MOA).

How do I take part ?

We’re extremely lucky here in the UK we have 4 amazing match providers C2 precision, PRS UK, the Send It Series and the GBPRA, the easiest way to partake is to book straight onto a match. Don’t let the pictures of fancy rifles dissuade you, very little kit is actually require and nearly all of it can be borrowed from fellow shooters that are always more than happy to lend out equipment. The only thing that is a must is ballistic data out to 600 meters at a minimum. 

If jumping in seems daunting there a loads of resources out there that will help inform your first steps, both the GBPRA and PRS UK run training days for you to get acquainted with the basics of PRS UK. We also run a regular podcast on all subjects PRS.

Shooter ready podcast

Further reading…

To deep dive into precision rifle and modern shooting techniques we recommend the following books.

These links will take you to amazon.co.uk, any purchases made via these links help the GBPRA.

Precision Rifle Marksmanship

This book takes you from legendary shooter Frank Galli’s beginnings as a Marine scout sniper to his present-day job as a marksmanship instructor as he guides new shooters on their journey toward long-range shooting excellence.



Rimfire Revolution

Rimfire revolution is a must have for anyone looking to start shooting PR22, it covers everything from how rifles are made to what the top shooters are currently using.


Long range hooting handbook

Long Range Shooting Handbook

This is the preliminary book to help you understand fundamental concepts such as MOA vs Mils and external ballistics, that can be used like a trusted resource at the range.


Applied Ballistics for Long Range Shooting 

Don’t be off put by the heavy title, this book takes the concepts of applied ballistics and explains them in everyday terms. You don’t need a science degree to understand it because it’s written to help out the average shooter.

The author Brian Litz, is an expert at long range shooting and makes the topics covered crystal clear. The book may be overwhelming to a complete beginner who hasn’t ever touched a firearms before, however each chapter does stand on its own which helps with understanding the topics.

This book balances technical and practical advice, ensuring the reader is not overwhelmed. This is great read in the best long range shooting books line up for understanding ballistic coefficients and what that means for caliber selection.


Modern Advancements in Long Range Shooting: Volume II

Volume 2 of Modern Advancements in Long Range Shooting contains all new content on the research being done by Applied Ballistics. Author Bryan Litz along with contributing authors Nick Vitalbo and Cal Zant use the scientific method and careful testing to answer the important questions faced by long range shooters. In particular, this volume explores the subject of bullet dispersion including group convergence. Advanced hand-loading subjects are covered such as: bullet pointing and trimming, powder measurement, flash hole deburring, neck tension and fill ratio.